Schedule 2021


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Imaginaria is Back !
Imaginaria is one of the most anticipated and participatory events of the Apulian summer. This evening, starting at 20.30, the doors of the 19th edition will officially open and will be scheduled in Conversano until 28 August. The screenings will be held in the Complex of St. Benedict and each evening includes a first part dedicated to children and teenagers (Imaginaria Kids) and to follow the screenings for an adult audience. Access will be guaranteed as long as places are available in compliance with current anti-Covid regulations.

Church of San Giuseppe – h 7.30 pm – restricted free access
Virginia Mori lives and works in the countryside of Pesaro and Milan. She specializes in Illustration and Animation at the State Institute of Art in Urbino, an educational experience that helps build and consolidate her artistic imagination. Her favorite techniques are pencil, ink and pen on paper. In 2008 she won the “SRG SSR idee suisse” award in the projects section of the Annecy International Animation Festival (France) which allows her to make the animated short film “The game of silence” awarded and selected in numerous festivals around the world. since then he has been freelancing internationally for numerous clients, publishers and galleries. The personal exhibition in Conversano curated by Imaginaria Festival consists of a wide selection of prints of her works made from 2010 to today.(
The exhibition will remain open until Saturday 28 August from 18:00 to 23:00.

Cloister of San Giuseppe – h. 7.30/10.30 pm – restricted free access
Jimmy Liao was born in Taipei in Taiwan in 1958 and is the most famous author of illustrated books in Asia.
He graduated in Figurative Arts, and since then has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and designer, devoting himself more to the illustration of magazines and books. Since 1998 he has published over 50 titlestranslated into 15 languages, which have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. His stories have become films, plays, theme parks, hotels, subway stops. China Airlines created a plane covered with his illustrations. The short film from his book, “A Fish That Smile at Me”, received the Special Prize of the Youth Section at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006. It was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2014 and 2016. With publisher “Terre di Mezzo”, Jimmy Liao has published “The Rainbow of Time ” (2018), a moving and extraordinary book on the power of love and the magic of cinema; and “Incontri disincontri” (2017), a magical book with two protagonists, who live close together, but seem destined to never meet, until one day something happens. In addition, in 2020, always for “Terre di Mezzo”, “Cats like us (I miss you, where are you?)” And “Free like a fish” were released.

The original edition of The Rainbow of Time received the Cinema category Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2020 and will have a space dedicated to Imaginaria inside the cloister of San Giuseppe from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 August from 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

Church of San Giuseppe – h. 08.00 pm – restricted free access
At the table! it is our entrée to the festival, our invitation to “banquet of the lavish food” as Virgil wrote in The Aeneid. A special program on the joyful and convivial aspect of food, here metaphorically associated with the pleasure of watching a cinematographic work: laden tables, opulence and lust with some merciless twist that takes us back to unforgettable scenes of Italian comedy, to high-protein painting and vehement by Enrico Robusti or at that sumptuous banquet which was destroyed in “Le Margheritine” by Věra Chytilová. Of tête-à-tête that offer a polychromatic and iridescent, sometimes grotesque, portrait of food and being together at symposium. (by Maria Pia Santillo)


  • La Table Magique by Segundo de Chomon (1’/France/1905)
  • The Banquet by Garri Bardin (10’/Russian federation/1986)
  • La Faim by Peter Foldès (11’26”/Canada/1973)
  • Les quatre sans cou by Alix Fizet (3’/France/2015)
  • L’ogre by Laurène Braibant (10’/France/2017)

Sagrato of the Cathedral – h. 10.30 pm – restricted free access
An unprecedented performance with animated images by Mira Videart projected on the facade of the majestic Cathedral of Conversano accompanied by live music by Mop Mop.

Mira is the name of the collective made up of Alessandra Atzori and Milena Tipaldo. Through the mixture of different techniques and audiovisual languages, Mira creates stories capable of building bridges between different knowledge, and between knowledge and the community. “Our aim is to open and unblock a dialogue, exploiting the power of the moving image, putting beauty and art at the center of each production, capable of producing participation and developing a common cultural discourse.”

Andrea Benini, better known by the stage name Mop Mop, is an Italian musician and producer. He performs all over the world with the Mop Mop Combo and also as a DJ. Five studio albums, numerous singles and over 30 million streams make Mop Mop a cult artist in the international “World” music scene. Iggy Pop plays Mop Mop at the English BBC, Woody Allen wanted them in the soundtrack of a film and the funk legend Fred Wesley (musician and co-arranger of James Brown) has signed with Mop Mop the song “Run Around” awarded in the 2013 best song “Dancefloor Jazz” from Red Bull Music Academy, Germany.